Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Nāgasvaram

Date:
late 19th century
Geography:
Andhra Maharashtra, India
Culture:
Indian (south)
Medium:
Wood, metal
Dimensions:
Height: 23 in. (58.4 cm) Diameter (Of bell): 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Classification:
Aerophone-Reed Vibrated-double reed
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.2502
Not on view
Although found in classical ensembles, this South Indian double-reed instrument, like its northern counterpart the Śahnāī, most often accompanies dances and processions at outdoor weddings and festivals. The reed is mounted on a staple that fits into the wood body. Extra reeds hang at the side, along with wooden needles which are used in fine-tuning by inserting wax plugs in the five unfingered holes at the base of the tube.
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown ; Miss Wilder
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Asia, Gallery 27. 2. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, vol. II, pg. 60.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Gallery 27. 1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1901, vol. I, pg. 60.



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